This edition looks at why secure land rights are important in order for individuals and communities to thrive. It features an inspirational story from Honduras about indigenous communities gaining land rights after 25 years of advocacy. We include ideas for resolving conflicts over land, and advice on how to handle an investor approaching your community. We look at ways of working towards women’s land rights and methods for improving slums.
Land rights are incredibly complex. Often there may be no straightforward solutions, or it may take many years to achieve fair outcomes. But secure land rights are central to helping to release people from poverty around the world. As we continue to reflect on the biblical concept of jubilee for Tearfund’s 50th birthday, we need to remember that a fair distribution of land was always part of God’s plan for the world.